If you had the opportunity to attend summer camp as a child, you may have fond memories of days filled with swimming, canoeing and relay races and nights around a campfire hearing ghost stories. But if the allegations against a counselor at a Milwaukee-area YMCA camp are true, such memories may be hard for one 12-year-old camper to separate from a disturbing incident.
The boy, who attended the camp this summer, said that an 18-year-old counselor touched him inappropriately and wouldn't stop. After he reported the incident, the camp's staff contacted the boy's family and alerted law enforcement. Parents of all the campers also received a letter discussing the matter and assuring them that their children were safe.
The accused young man's parents were also contacted. His mother said her son, who was taken to jail and has been charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, is an Eagle Scout who is very active in his community. She told reporters she was confident that the truth would come out and she and the rest of the family were standing behind her son.
Although the sexual assault charge is a misdemeanor, a conviction could have devastating consequences for the young man. Applying to college or landing another summer job could become very difficult if he's found guilty, but even a public accusation could tarnish the young man's past accomplishments and future ambitions. He'll need a highly competent defense attorney to defend him when he goes to court to fight the charges later this month.
Source: WTMJ, "YMCA counselor charged with sexually assaulting camper," Aug. 3, 2012
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